In April, 23-year-old King Yates killed his Pima County Jail cellmate, 24-year-old Branden Roth. Now, the Pima County Sheriff’s Office is implementing new and enhanced safety and security measures.
Yates was in jail for murdering a woman in November. Roth was jailed for theft from a friend.
Roth’s body was discovered during a routine welfare check. Experts and Roth’s family members said the two should have never occupied the same cell.
According to the Pima County Corrections Bureau, “By the end of the year the department will be installing two top of the line body scanners. This technology is sure to assist with lowering the rate of dangerous contraband brought into the facility to including drugs, weapons, and cellphones.”
The Corrections Bureau also announced that it “now provides multiple means for friends and family to stay in touch with their incarcerated loved ones, accommodating the average American’s hectic schedule and busy life. Utilizing their tablets, detainees have the opportunity to make phone calls from their cells during most hours of the day, as well as send and receive emails. Detainees are no longer limited by waiting in line to use a phone.”
Also, families now have the “ability to visit inmates from the comfort of their own homes by using internet visitation. Studies continually prove the more support detainees receive from friends and family while they are incarcerated, the less likely they are to recidivate,” according to the Pima County Sheriff’s Office press release.